How to Stop Anxiety

Anxiety self help – how to stop anxiety

Anxiety can become a habit, and the more anxious you get about certain thoughts or events the more inclined to negative thinking you become. This negative thinking habit tends to feed the anxiety as you begin to expect and anticipate negative outcomes, problems and difficulties. However, habit behaviors can be changed and you truly can overcome anxiety and change that habit pattern. Follow the tips in this Anxiety self help article on how to stop anxiety and see if you can overcome and conquer your anxiety, there will still be times when you will experience some anxiety, we all do, but you can reduce it significantly.

Symptoms of anxiety

If you experience anxiety, you may find some of the following symptoms occur:

  • Feeling hot, sweating more
  • A desire to run away or escape
  • A feeling of dread like something terrible is about to happen
  • Racing heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shakiness
  • Physical tension
  • tiredness
  • Low energy

What anxiety is:

Anxiety is fear, it is fed by thinking negative thoughts which fuels the fear and keeps it going. The key is to change your thinking habits and initially this may simply be in the form of meditation or quietening the mind which can also happen easily in hypnosis. We all have fearful thoughts at times, but the key is that the anxious person pays heed to these thoughts and lets them take a prominent place in their mind, whereas a person not inclined to be anxious would push those anxious thoughts aside and give them less attention, less energy. This is again just a habit that has formed.

To read more about how to stop anxiety and what anxiety is click here to go to the Mind website

You too can become more in control of your thoughts with practice. Mindfulness is precisely this – not attaching too much importance to thoughts and simply observing or witnessing them.

How to reduce anxiety

  1. Meditation & hypnosis
  2. Sleep
  3. Physical relaxation
  4. Positive thinking
  5. Exercise
  6. Taking positive action or keeping busy
  7. Grounding or earthing

There are changes you can make to your habits and thoughts and using hypnosis or meditation can also help you learn about and implement as to how to stop anxiety controlling your life. Understanding why you are anxious and when it started to become a problem may be useful to understanding what changes you should be making.

For example, sometimes it can be the case that a period of extreme stress results in a sense of lasting anxiety that you cannot seem to shake off. It might be that you have always had a tendency to feel anxious. What is important is that you can change this. Anxiety self help, using meditation or hypnosis along with self care can help you break the cycle.  

The rational mind

Our rational thinking mind may battle with negative worrying thoughts and try to keep them at bay, but ultimately there can come about a situation where the negative thoughts are constantly flowing and the rational mind is actively engaging with them and this is not ideal. You may think to yourself, why am I anxious about this or that, when other people don’t seem to have this problem. You can change though, you can reduce anxiety by controlling your thoughts or giving them less attention. It just take a bit of practice. Yes – it is easier said than done, but with practice, practice, practice comes success.

How can you stop anxiety

Relaxation, meditation, hypnosis

Regular use of meditation or hypnosis audios can really help. The reason for this is that you need to gain control of your thoughts and quieten your mind. Hypnosis calms and quietens the mind so effectively that you will, with practice, find yourself observing thoughts without getting involved with them, this is a helpful thing to achieve. Another thing you need to do to help alleviate your anxiety is to physically relax because no doubt your anxiety will have caused tensions and possibly aches and tense muscles in your body. In the Help Centre on our website there is a relaxing anxiety reducing hypnosis that you can play right on the page or you can download it.

Anxiety tips: Be busy, be calm:

Another method of helping to ease your anxiety is to keep your mind occupied, keep busy so that your mind is focused and thinking or concentrating, so that there is no spare capacity to entertain anxious thoughts because you are too busy. It helps to plan in advance some activity you can do if you find yourself unexpectedly anxious.


Take exercise and you may be amazed at how this positively impacts your anxiety, You can think positive affirmations while exercising. It boosts your confidence too, and this will help lift your self-belief that you can beat this.

Sleep and relaxation

Anxiety can make you more tired than you might be otherwise as you are using excess energy. Make sure you get plenty of sleep and relaxation. Have a bubble bath, get a massage, read a good book. Self care is essential when dealing with anxiety. make some positive changes now, plan some treats, however small, just to take the time to love after you.


Have you ever heard of grounding also called earthing? This involves connecting with the Earth to regulate the electricity patterns and levels in the body. We are so disconnected these days from the earth; carpets, plastic soles on shoes all shield us from the natural energy coming from the Earth. This may sound strange if you are unfamiliar with it but the electrical activity in the human body can actually change when we connect with the earth. Try walking barefoot or just lie on the grass in your garden or park and notice the calming effect you get.